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Enough With The Tears

By ATWadmin On August 5th, 2008 at 6:19 pm

SO A CHICK is telling men to stop blubbing and toughen up:


Another sporting weekend, another great big crybaby hits the headlines. Forget this summer’s metrosexual cardigan, these days the accessory du jour for any strapping bloke with Stakhanovite thighs and a five o’clock shadow you could sand floors with, is a nice lace-trimmed hankie – proper cotton mind you, so as not to chafe his septum …….


My friend David, an avid sports fan and former rugby player built like the proverbial brick you-know-what, and whom I would never have thought would condone this sort of nonsense, sincerely thinks that crying on the field is “a badge of honesty”. “Crying conveys a level of passion, a heart and soul engagement,” he says, as my jaw hits the floor. “The fans appreciate that.”  (Not me – PM)


Those will be snivelling male fans then, who mope about the house for days after a first innings collapse. Apologies if I sound a bit tough, I have to be – I’m a woman. A woman, moreover, surrounded by a generation of blokes labouring under the delusion that emoting, messily, in public is a good thing. It’s not. (Hear hear – PM)


Don’t get me wrong, on a personal level I have derived an enormous sense of satisfaction down the years in seeing men – specifically repressed former public schoolboys (you know who you are) – cry. But only as part of a loving relationship, behind closed doors, and, most important of all, just the once. (It sounds sickening – PM)


In that context, witnessing a man breaking down is hugely empowering. To me, not him, obviously. But even as I am comforting him, tenderly stroking his wobbly chin, and congratulating him for not being an emotional cripple, I am despising him for his weakness. (Well said sister – PM)


There are two occasions only when a man is allowed to turn the tap on – at the loss and memory of loved ones, and when his faithful dog snuffs it. All the rest is self-pitying, exhibitionist whining. The Telegraph piece is inspired by (former) England cricket captain Michael Vaughan’s teary press conference in which he threw in the towel. Sorry pal, you’re allowed to give up the armband but you are absolutely out of order to bring embarrassment and disgrace on the nation by going at it like a big girl.


He’s not alone of course. We’ve had former England football captain David Beckham turning on the waterworks, former England football captain John Terry doing likewise, Beckham again and John Terry yet a-bloody-gain.


Not to be outdone, the fans on the terraces frequently join in the blub-fest when their team loses The Big One or is relegated or some other setback comes their way.


Before anyone accuses me of failing to sympathise with fans and their devotions to their teams, I am a fan (20 year season-ticket holder at the Arsenal) and know full well the joy and pain of victory and defeat. What I have never done in during or after any of the hundreds of games I have attended is disgrace myself with a showy display of self-pitying, nancy-boy blubbing.


Men – stop pretending that you’re impressing someone, stop feminising yourselves, turn off the tears and have some self respect.

the pot isn’t low, it’s bloody empty!

By ATWadmin On August 5th, 2008 at 4:48 pm

Listening (I’m on holiday so I’m relaxing) this afternoon on Radio 4’s P.M. to an item describing the roll-out (if that is the correct term) for a stick-on patch which will send wireless signals via a mobile regarding some vital signs of a climber or walker who has been injured on the mountains of Scotland or Wales. Now in itself, this item is a small advance in technology which is to be admired; but a little voice located somewhere internally near my left ear tells me that it’s all rubbish!

Not the invention itself, of course, but the use to which it is purportedly to be utilised in, namely during the search, recovery and ultimately rescue of a single-minded set of morons who wander out all over the wildest places of our country without taking any of the most basic precautions against happenstance which could ultimately end up with the loss of their stupid, selfish, self-obsessed lives. A rescue climber stated that the patch could help monitor the vital signs of a casualty without constantly stopping and opening all the insulation within which the casualty has been wrapped for transport.  A swift read of the Mountain Rescue Society of Scotland’s report for June 2007 reveals that many accidents were simply because of a lack of basic planning, a belief that they (the walker, climber, other) know better than the experts, and a complete disregard of the basic survival rules which envelop the wise and wary.

I would only point out that with the withdrawal of at least a fifth of all Royal Air Force recue helicopters, in order to boost recovery and transport access for soldiers in Afghanistan, the wished-for helicopters simply won’t be there to lift the morons to hospital. So the patches will be able to tell the watchers that, because of the lousy way that our Defence Forces are funded and supplied, the injured will probably die before the reduced and therefore scarce Search-and-Rescue Helicopter arrives on the scene.

there haven’t been many geordie suicide-bombers!

By ATWadmin On August 5th, 2008 at 9:25 am

Listened to the voice of an extra-ordinary man on the Beeb this morning. One Geert Wilders was being interviewed by Michael Buerk on the ‘The Choice’ programme, and expounded on his beliefs and political path as he has built up his Party in the Netherlands Parliament from a one-man protest into the leader of a Party with nine MP.’s in Parliament, and a solid fifteen percent approval ratings in polls. He railed against the Islamisation of his country, he denounced his detractors for the slime that they are, those who engage in threats of death against both him and his wife, and stated that the only way his, and the other countries in both Europe and the wider world would be safe would be to ban any further building of mosques, repealing all laws which give special protection to the ragheads, kicking out all of the surplus immigrants and bogus asylum-seekers, Muslim or otherwise, and generally cleaning house.

He stated that he doesn’t dislike Muslims, he just detests their religion; calling it an ideology not a religion, and said that the one thing which separated his thinking from other right-wing parties was the fact that his Party supported totally free speech, the one thing totally against any of the twisted theocratic skeins of thought which form the basis of Islam.

Refreshing though it was to hear a man speaking exactly what he thought, and believed in, I wondered when we might hear a British politician speaking up for the huge silent majority of Brirish people, in our cities, towns, villages & hamlets; those people who have voted in, through either belief or apathy, a Party whose one intent was to break down every single thing that they disliked, and rebuild it in their own socialistic idea. A country where an ordinary man can be fined for smoking in his own van while driving to pick up some tea-bags for his wife; a country where there are over  260 reasons why officials can gain access to your home. Those reasons include entering a
property to carry out a fact-finding mission for landmines, search
for material or tools related to nuclear explosions, measure rooms
to regulate overcrowding or check for unlicensed scrap metal
dealing.

Mr. Wilders has the right idea, and in a country such as The Netherlands, he has a fighting chance of his beliefs taking hold, because his is still a relatively free country, even though they are part of the Europe behemoth, but not so in this once green, wonderful and free country of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. This country where all our shoes are x-rayed at airports because the authorities are scared of searching only those who might well plan to blow themselves sky-high in a a fools errand to find seventy-two virgins! A country where self-confessed terrorists and murderers sit in a legal Assemby alongside a bunch of deluded and deluding politicians of a once-proud Party because Whitehall got tired of fighting terror, and decided to appease instead. A country where the knee-jerk reaction to any such as Geert Wilders is to ask about  the happenings in his life which made him turn towards right-wing beliefs and politics.

A CROCK OF A ROCK

By ATWadmin On August 5th, 2008 at 7:45 am

I see that Northern Rock, the failed bank nationalised by the State, has performed as one might expect from such a tax-payer institution and lost half a £billion in the first six months of 2008. The government has responded to this in true blue form – and handed over ANOTHER 3billion to the Rock. This is on top of the 26billion it cost the UK taxpayer to take over this crock of a rock last year,


Why is the government being so generous with our money? Might it be connected with the fact that the Northern Rock has 141,000 mortgages mostly in the Labour voting North-East of England heartland who are such a bad financial risk that no one else will touch them – hence we are all forced to bail them out. The decision to bring the Northern Rock into the State was folly incarnate and the costs incurred will NOT be reimbursed despite honeyed words by the Government. In essence they are buying votes and it is costing us £BILLIONS!!

OBAMA IS FOR TURNING…

By ATWadmin On August 5th, 2008 at 6:41 am

You have to laugh. Poor Obama – the darling of the Euroweenies –  the change-maker supreme – has reversed his position over petrol prices yesterday in the face of polls showing it has emerged as the dominant issue of the presidential election.


The Democratic candidate said he would dip into the US strategic oil reserves to try to drive down prices, a policy he had previously opposed. He also confirmed that, as president, he would be willing to compromise over his earlier opposition to an expansion of oil drilling in US offshore waters.


So, when it comes to something as profoundly important to the USA as energy policy, you can be sure that what Obama says today, he may well change  tomorrow.


Looking forward to the same Euro-media that blazed the trumpets for the Obamessiah so recently now highlight this complete u-turn on energy policy. And what will the environmentalists say….?

DE-EDUCATION…

By ATWadmin On August 5th, 2008 at 6:36 am

What is to be made of the news that more than 120,000 11-year-olds are still unable to read, write and add up properly, test results to be published today will show. The results will reveal that at least one in five children – about 120,000 – fail to make the grade in English with more – about 140,000 – unable to reach the required standard in maths.


However, the true figure of those struggling to master the basics is likely to be even higher. A survey out today shows that a majority of teachers believes SATs tests give an exaggerated picture of their pupils’ abilities. As a result of being coached for the tests, thousands of children achieve better results than their ability merits – and then fall behind when they start secondary school.


Magically, despite the fact that so many are unable to read, write or add up properly, when they then sit their GCSE’s and A level exams but a few years later, they keep getting better and better results, putting to shame those generations of kids in the past that could read, write and add up properly at age 11.


Still, only cynics  believe that government has been de-educating our children for more than a decade now, rite?

WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS…

By ATWadmin On August 5th, 2008 at 6:31 am

John Prescott is priceless. Did you read his latest attempt to rally support for PM Gordon Brown by comparing him to the captain of The Titanic?


On his internet blog he has tried to o shore up support for Gordon Brown amid calls for a “new captain”. He wrote: “But it wasn’t the Captain that sank the Titanic – a ship they claimed was unsinkable – it was the iceberg. “The best way to avoid disaster is to manage your way around the problem.”

 

LOL – keep talking Prezza and full steam ahead….

SUPPING WITH THE DEVIL….

By ATWadmin On August 5th, 2008 at 6:14 am

If true it is SHAMEFUL that a secret deal between Britain and the notorious al-Mahdi militia prevented British Forces from coming to the aid of their US and Iraqi allies for nearly a week during the battle for Basra this year.


Four thousand British troops – including elements of the SAS and an entire mechanised brigade – watched from the sidelines for six days because of an “accommodation” with the Iranian-backed group, according to American and Iraqi officers who took part in the assault.  US Marines and soldiers had to be rushed in to fill the void, fighting bitter street battles and facing mortar fire, rockets and roadside bombs with their Iraqi counterparts. Hundreds of militiamen were killed or arrested in the fighting. About 60 Iraqis were killed or injured. One US Marine died and sevenwere wounded.


I would like to know who reached this “understanding”. Was their UK government involvement? Is it now British Army policy to cut deals with terrorists in order to buy them off? This is a very disturbing story but I know rumours of this have been circulating in Basra for some time, and it explains US and Iraqi militray contempt for the British Army in that region. I believe our rank and file servicemen are brave and determined to fight but I ask the question which donkeys are leading them? 

THE WAR ON MOTORISTS – THE COSTS

By ATWadmin On August 5th, 2008 at 6:05 am

The scale of the government’s war on the British motorist is manifest in the news that revenue from speeding tickets has almost quadrupled to £200 a minute since Labour came to power.


The increase has coincided with a massive expansion in the number of speed cameras. Home Office figures reveal that 1.8million tickets are being issued each year, or 4,850 a day. In 1997, only 713,000 fixed penalty notices were handed to drivers. This is an increase of 150 per cent in only a decade, and it has been compounded by an increase in the value of fines – from £40 to £ 60 – in 2000.  As a result, the total amount of cash raised has rocketed from £28.5million a decade ago to £106.4million in 2006, the period covered by the latest figures.


The government has been milking us motoorists for cash for a decade now, seeing our independence as something worthy of attacking and further taxing . It’s an utter disgrace what has been going on – under the guise of lowering the number of road deaths. 

CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE?

By ATWadmin On August 4th, 2008 at 6:07 pm

Here’s the thing. The death of eight more patients in Northern Trust hospitals here in Northern Ireland are being linked to the hospital bug, C Difficile. Over 60 people have now died since the start of the year. That’s more than died on 7/7. I listened to an interview on the radio with the Medical Director of this Health Trust and his comments struck me as singularly arrogant and unsympathetic.  60 families have lost loved ones because they went into Northern Trust hospitals expecting come out well. Instead they came out in coffins. Surely some-one has to be responsible? Surely some head must roll? Not so. In this world, they all look after themselves. It’s just their patients who die.